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How to Say "only as long as" in Latin?

In 1598 French King, Henri Quatre, passed the "Edict of Nantes", to protect French Huguenots from persecution by members of the Catholic majority. Almost a century later, his grandson, Louis ...

english-to-latin-translation english  
user avatar asked by tony Score of 7
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Is Wheelock's Latin comprehensive?

Is Wheelock's Latin complete? By this I mean precisely the following: In reading the classical authors, will there be constructions, exceptions, etc. that are not covered by the textbook? When I ...

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user avatar answered by cmw Score of 15

Why is Latin more different and hard to learn for a Romance-language speaker than the other Romance languages?

I am a native Romanian and I can master more or less only English, French and Italian - while Spanish and Bulgarian are transparent to me: but German is not - nor Latin! It seems to me obvious that ...

language-evolution history romance-languages  
user avatar asked by cipricus Score of 6

thingamajig, doohickey, whatchamacallit, thingamabob &c

What might be used in Latin for such place holders? The word ‘gadget’ apparently was first used in this sense viz. a widely agreed upon form used to replace a word temporarily forgotten. I suppose ‘...

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What does ut mean in this sentence

I'm struggling to find the right translation for 'ut' in the sentence below. For context, it's part of a property transaction in a Manorial Court Roll from circa 1700. Willelmus Taylor dedit Domino ...

latin-to-english-translation new-latin ut  
user avatar asked by ColeValleyGirl Score of 5

The active and passive infinitives are said to be from locative and dative nouns, respectively: why?

According to this post, the active infinitive was formed as the locative of nouns based on verbal stems. Why was the locative used for the infinitive, rather than, say, the accusative? The noun genos/...

phonology infinitive passive-voice dative locative  
user avatar asked by Cerberus Score of 5

What are the vowel quantities in “einsteinianus”?

If I am correct, the adjective derived from the last name of Albert Einstein is “einsteinianus, -a, -um” (it is similar in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese). I know that the suffix is “-ānus” but how ...

vowel-quantity latinization  
user avatar asked by user989070 Score of 4
user avatar answered by cmw Score of 5

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

When and how much did Romans speak Greek?

Here are a few historical facts that most amateur ancient historians are aware of: The Romans began speaking Latin. After the conquest of Alexander the Great, Greek became a "lingua franca" in the ...

greek history spoken-language  
user avatar asked by brianpck Score of 17
user avatar answered by Cerberus Score of 12

Feminine case 3rd-person version of “Veni, vidi, vici”

How does the famous saying: Veni, vidi, vici. have to be changed so that it describes a female person, such as in English: She came, she saw, she conquered. Reversing Google Translate gives ...

idiom gender gaius-iulius-caesar  
user avatar asked by Ken Edwards Score of 13
user avatar answered by Nickimite Score of 54

What's bigfoot in latin?

For a book (let's say on cryptozoology) I need to come up with a scientific name for bigfoot. I'm thinking of using a literal translation of bigfoot for the genus. As typical in scientific naming, the ...

user avatar asked by Joooeey Score of 5

How do we know how the Romans pronounced Latin?

A quick Google Search says plenty of things about Roman Latin pronunciation, and since it's an edu domain I'm inclined to believe it. However, the closest to citing a source it gets is saying "we know ...

classical-latin pronunciation  
user avatar asked by Nic Score of 35
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How do I welcome someone in Latin?

When someone comes to visit me at my villa, I would like to greet them and welcome them in. I know how to welcome English ("welcome"), German ("wilkommen"), and French ("bienvenue") guests in a single ...

idiom word-request modern-life  
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user avatar answered by Joonas Ilmavirta Score of 5

Is this translation for “If I cannot move Heaven, I will raise Hell.” correct?

I want to make sure this is the correct translation for “If I cannot move Heaven, I will raise Hell.” Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta noveno.

english-to-latin-translation idiom aeneis  
user avatar asked by Lesley Score of 3
user avatar answered by Sebastian Koppehel Score of 7

A correct latin translation of "By the power of truth, I, a mortal, have conquered the universe"

If you've read the V for Vendetta comics you may remember the quote "Vi veri vniversum vivus vici", which is supposed to mean "By the power of truth, I, a mortal [/ while living], have conquered the ...

classical-latin english-to-latin-translation  
user avatar asked by AvidScifiReader Score of 12
user avatar answered by Joonas Ilmavirta Score of 9

Can you answer these questions?

Accusative for dative with "latere" in Medieval Latin?

Accusative for dative with "latere" in Medieval Latin? From: Dolopathos sive de rege et septem sapientibus of Joannes of Alta Silva (c. 1200); in "A Primer of Medieval Latin" by ...

user avatar asked by Stephen Bryant Score of 3

"vulgarem latinum accentu italico pronunciatum sed est"

In the comment section of "Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in LATIN · Act I Scene 1" by ScorpioMartianus, one can read the following comment: vulgarem latinum accentu italico pronunciatum sed ...

classical-latin translation-check  
user avatar asked by Laravel Score of 4
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